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Elwyn Burgess Draper
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Birth: Oct. 28, 1890
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 3, 1959
Cumberland
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

Elwyn was the younger of two sons born to William B. Draper and Carrie M. Drew. Though born in Cambridge, Mass., his family had moved to 160 Lincoln Street in Newton by the time he was seven, and this is where he grew up. He matriculated at Amherst College, but apparently didn't stay in school long, as he credits himself with only four years of high school and no college education in the 1940 census. It appears he left home and lived in Boston in 1911, but was back living in the family home by 1913, and stayed there until being drafted into the Navy during World War I. He was released from active duty in the United States Naval Reserve Force on 6 December 1918 in the grade of Yeoman 1st class, and was directed to return home to his address at 160 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, Mass. He was married in Newton Highlands on 8 September 1920 to Olive May Titus.

Upon their marriage, Elwyn and Olive built a house in Swampscott (Lynn), Mass., and were living there when the Great Depression hit. Draper had been a successful businessman, and prospered, but was hit hard by the depression. The family struggled financially, and Draper had to use an early inheritance from his father to make ends meet. By 1932 Draper could no longer keep the house in Swampscott, and the family was forced to move. They were living in the Edgewood neighborhood of Cranston, Rhode Island by 1935 where they rented a house at 78 Massasoit Avenue for $30 per month. Elwyn was a manufacturers agent, and had his own company, the Draper Company, for marketing the sundry goods. His income in 1939 was $1836, supplemented by other sources.

Eventually Elwyn and Olive retired to Cumberland, Rhode Island, where they bought a historic home (aged about 200 years) on Diamond Hill Road. This is where his two children and many grandchildren would meet for family gatherings while he, and after his death, while Olive was still alive. Though he died in Rhode Island, he was buried in the Drew-Draper family plot at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor Maine, the area from which his Drew ancestors had come.
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Burgess Draper (1852 - 1939)
  Carrie Marie Drew Draper (1856 - 1924)
 
 Spouse:
  Olive May Titus Draper (1893 - 1972)
 
 Children:
  Alan Burgess Draper (1922 - 1987)*
  Olive Pollard Draper Arnold (1924 - 2007)*
 
 Sibling:
  Warren Fales Draper (1883 - 1970)*
  Elwyn Burgess Draper (1890 - 1959)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Hope Cemetery
Bangor
Penobscot County
Maine, USA
 
Maintained by: Stan Arnold
Originally Created by: Dale & Patti
Record added: Jan 30, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104393003
Elwyn Burgess Draper
Added by: Stan Arnold
 
Elwyn Burgess Draper
Added by: Stan Arnold
 
Elwyn Burgess Draper
Added by: Stan Arnold
 
 
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Hello, interesting to find another Elwyn Draper. Nice to learn a bit about Elwyn B. Draper. He must've been a very fine fellow, also a WW I and Great Depression survivor. My grandparents were, as well. Just a "hello" from Richard Elwyn Draper of uppe...(Read more)
- RE Draper
 Added: Aug. 30, 2014
Grampa, remembering your service on this Veteran's Day
- Stan Arnold
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
Grampa, I was young when you left us, but I have fond memories of you. Just a note to remember your service in the Navy during WWI.
- Stan Jr.
 Added: May. 27, 2013
 
 
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